Septic Tank Care Tips

There are a few Basic Rules you should try and stick to when it comes to looking after your sewage treatment plant or your septic tank. Following these tips will save you no end of time and money:

  • Get it emptied once a year (domestic customers - usually more if it's a commercial system) ignore anyone who claims you don't need your tank emptying, it's like saying you don't need your car servicing - it's fine until it breaks down catastrophically and needs completely replacing. Cheaper to get it emptied and serviced once a year!
  • Try not to use too much bleach. The bacteria in the tank will be decimated by strong bleach and so won't be able to digest the solids. There are "septic tank friendly" bleaches and detergents available. However cautious use of bleach should be ok
  • Try to keep fat and grease out of your system, fat and grease are the enemy of any drainage system
  • Don't throw nappies, baby-wipes, stringy things, plastic things or rubber things, down the toilet. They don't dissolve so they'll build up and cause blockages
  • Don't drive any vehicles over your soakaway or drainfield, it will compress the soil in the drainfield, making it less effective
  • Don't let surface water drains enter your septic tank, otherwise when it rains hard the settled solids get flushed out into your drain field and clog it up!
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Why Get A Septic Tank Serviced?

It saves money in the long run and it's comparable or cheaper on an annual basis to get your tank emptied and serviced by professionals than it is to be on the mains foul sewer network. Below are typical costings for a 3 bedroom house in Lancashire:

Septic Tank Annual Running Costs

  • Emptying £150
  • Servicing £125
  • TOTAL: £275

Cost of soakaway/drain field failure due to neglect: £1,500-£5,000.

Cost of broken pumps/internal components: £200-£2,500

Typical Environment Agency fine for domestic pollution: £50,000.

Sewage Treatment Plant Annual Running Costs

  • Emptying £150
  • Servicing £150
  • Electricity £100
  • TOTAL: £400

Cost of new soakaway/drain field failure due to neglect: £1,500-£5,000.

Cost of broken pumps/internal components: £200-£3,500

Typical Environment Agency fine for domestic pollution: £50,000.

Costs of Being On The Mains

Sewage Charges typically £3-500 per annum